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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "kofo kwame" <>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 13:33:27 +0000
Subject: Asap

Dear Sir,
It's a thing of honour to be in contact with you.
I am interested in a partnership investment program
with you. First permit me to introduce myself, I am
Mr.Abba Kwame an Executive of a parastatal in Agriculture Ministry, Ghana
democratic republic.

Being the Chief executive of my parastatal, I
awarded the contract of IRRIGATION to a Portuguese
Firm worth several millions of dollars. In the
execution of that project the Portuguese Firm
discovered large amount of gold in one of the
contract site.
I collaborated with the Portuguese Firm on a
mutual agreement on the proceed of which I have
received my share of 65.000.000us$(sixty five
million dollars).

As the minister, I cannot introduce or circulate
this funds into the Ghana banking system considering
my provisional duty and considering the fact that I
earn less than 1.000US$dollars monthly coupled with
the Bureau of conduct guide lines and regulations
for Public Civil Servants.

The above situation prompted my decision to
solicit your co-operation to take
delivery of this funds into your custody for my
proposed investment as you are aware
I am a civil servant and undeniably has no flair in
commerce, of which you may have a higher comparative
advantage.You will be adequately compensated with
US$ 6.500.000 which is exactly 10% of the fund.

I will arrange all necessary procedures in ensuring
a smooth process for the
funds to get to you. I will appreciate you contact
me once you receive this mail via
my e-mail account indicating your capability and
willingness to enable me to give you more details of
my modus operandi of getting this money to you hitch
This matter requires your urgent attention and
confidentiality whatever your
Best Regards,

Mr.Abba Kwame

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